What assessments do you use in your day to day practice? Below I talk about my favorite 4 assessments and why I love them- did your favorite make the list? Click read more to find out, and to download a comprehensive list of common pediatric assessment tools for occupational therapists. Definitely a useful reference guide to have in your OT toolbox.
Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition (BOT-2)
The BOT-2 is a nationally standardized test that measures motor skills. The test can be used for children 4 through 21 years of age. The BOT-2 is made up of four-composite sections each with two subtests measuring a specific skill area. I personally like to perform the first two composite sections: Fine Manual Control and Gross Manual Control. The Fine Manual Control composite is made up of the Fine Motor Precision and Fine Motor Integration subtests.
The Gross Manual Control composite is made up of the Manual Dexterity and Upper-Limb Coordination subtests. I find that these subtest skill areas provide me with the information I need to properly assess my client’s level of function and develop a plan of care.
Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Sixth Edition (BEERY VMI)
The Beery VMI is a standardized tool useful for screening visual-motor deficits of individuals 2 to 99 years of age. It is composed of a short format (2-8 years) and a full format. If after completion of the short or full format results indicate that further testing will be beneficial there are also added forms measuring Visual Perception and Motor Coordination. I find this assessment useful to use with individuals that have a difficult time following directions or when there is a language barrier present due to the assessment’s non-verbal nature.
The Sensory Profile 2 consists of standardized questionnaires helpful for evaluating the sensory patterns of children. Questionnaires are completed by the child’s caregiver or teacher and they consider performance in a variety of settings: school, home, and community-based activities. The Sensory Profile can be used with children from birth to 14 years of age- forms are divided by specific age ranges or setting. I almost always include the Sensory Profile in my evaluations as it provides me with a bigger picture of the child’s performance outside of the clinic.
Peabody Developmental Motor Scales, Second Edition (PDMS-2)
The PDMS-2 is a standardized assessment which measures motor development in early childhood. It is composed of six subtests: reflexes, stationary, locomotion, object manipulation, grasping, and visual-motor integration- and can be used with children from birth to 5 years of age. This is definitely my go to assessment for my younger clients. It is also helpful for developing developmentally appropriate treatment goals.
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About 6 months ago I started working PRN at a hospital, and though I was excited about my new endeavor. I quickly realized there was a learning curve. Making the transition from a pediatric clinic to an acute care setting brought on new challenges and gave me a new perspective on the way I approach treatments/evaluations. Acute care patients have recently had a significant change in their health, therefore to make sure we as therapists are providing the best care possible we have to consider multiple factors.
This type of setting is often fast paced with an emphasis on productivity, leaving a lot of room for clinician error. As I developed my own style in this environment I created this guide in order to streamline my evaluation process. It is very easy for me to get side tracked during patient interviews, having this guide in front of me definitely helps me gather information I deem important in order to create the best treatment plan for the patient.
Download the acute care evaluation guide by clicking below:
Self-awareness is an important trait for practitioners to possess. A good OT is aware of their strengths, their weaknesses, and is always willing to build upon their knowledge. Only this way can we be certain that we are providing the best care possible for our clients. It is very easy to fall into an everyday routine were we develop goals and provide interventions without truly understand the why behind it. Remember, just because something has been done a certain way for a long time- does not make it the best way to do it.
I would say that about every 6-months I enter a period which I have lovingly termed “career crisis”, where I feel I am not growing my knowledge as a practitioner. I go down this rabbit hole of searching for information about all the things “I do not know”. Quite frankly it is an anxiety-inducing event that leaves me feeling overwhelmed, and without a clue on what to do next.
This time around I created this Professional Self-Assessment Form to help organize my thoughts, identify my areas of weaknesses, and come up with a plan for tackling my professional goals. This form was designed as a companion to the NBCOT Navigator Self-Assessment Tool. I found this tool to be a helpful resource for establishing my level of competency across different domains, and specific practice areas. If you have not tried it yet, I definitely recommend you check it out.
Download the Professional Self-Assessment Form by clicking below:
*I would love to hear if this form was useful to you, and what self-assessment tools you use to advance your competency as a practitioner.
When performing a pediatric evaluation, things can get hectic. Children are unpredictable and more often than not, plans quickly change. During my first year as an occupational therapist I created this document to help guide and streamline my evaluation process. It has definitely been a handy resource that I use in my everyday practice. I have decided to turn it into a downloadable file in order to share it with other occupational therapists who are looking for a similar guide. I hope it comes in handy, and please feel free to share!
Click to download below :)